Unmasking what he really thinks about Israel, he told an appreciative audience that the “Quartet cannot force upon us the character of the State [of Israel].” The Quartet is comprised of the United States, the United Nations, Russia and the European Union.
Abbas also said, “When you say that there are settlement blocs as an existing fact or that the refugees problem will be solved within the Palestinian state – this is what they presented [and] we will never accept these sayings.”
Abbas’s statements imply that it is the Palestinian Authority that should define the character of Israel.
Recognizing Israel as “Jewish” would undermine the Saudi Arabia 2002 Initiative, which he has adopted. The initiative calls for Israel to accept as citizens approximately five million Arabs living in foreign countries who claim Israel as their home.